Appellation: Côtes Catalanes IGP
Grapes: 67% Carignan, 30% Syrah, 3% Grenache Noir
Average Vine Age: Carignan (63 years old), Syrah (17 years old), Grenache Noir (31 years old)
Altitude: Multiple parcels between 1,150 and 2,000 feet (350m-600m)
Soils/Terroir: Decomposed granite (80%) and schist (20%)
Harvest: Hand harvested
Winemaking: Each variety is harvested and fermented separately in a combination of stainless steel, concrete and large oak tanks. Fermentation is done whole cluster for 8-24 days, depending on the grape variety. Only naturally occurring indigenous yeasts are used. Each variety is pressed separately and transferred to oak barrels (60%) and stainless-steel tanks (40%) for aging.
Maturation: Aged 20% in used oak vats, 10% in new 500L oak demi-muids, 10% in one-year-old 500L demi-muids, 20% in older 500L demi-muids and 40% in stainless-steel tanks. Each variety is matured separately for 13-15 months before the blend is established. After blending, the wine is transferred back to oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks for an additional 7-9 months of aging. In total, the wine is matured 20-24 months before going to bottle. The wines are only released when the Domaine feels they are ready, which is normally 4-6 years from the date of harvest. The most recent release for Le Soula Rouge is 2013.
Total SO2: 30ppm
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